Seven new members were enshrined on July 27, 1964 at the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. A special election of the BBWAA resulted in the induction of Luke Appling, Red Faber, Heinie Manush and Burleigh Grimes, while the Veterans Committee elected Miller Huggins, Tim Keefe and John Ward. All three Veterans Committee selections were inducted posthumously. Ring Lardner, a writer for The Sporting News and later known for his “You Know Me Al” column in the Saturday Evening Post, received the second ever J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
LUKE APPLING: Elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in a runoff election, Appling had a 20 year career spent entirely with the Chicago White Sox. As a leadoff batter, he was known for his ability to intentionally foul off pitches until receiving the pitch he wanted for a base hit. Appling topped the .300 mark 15 times in 16 years, leading the league in hitting with a career high .388 batting average in 1936 and again with an average of .328 in 1943. The seven-time all-star also drove in 128 runs in his career best ’36 season and finished second in American League MVP voting. Appling ranks eighth all-time in assists and is seventh among all shortstops with 4,398 career putouts. He retired with a .310 batting average and 1,116 RBI.
RED FABER: A Veterans Committee Selection, Faber also played 20 years exclusively with the Chicago White Sox. Four times a 20 game winner, he enjoyed a career year in 1921 when he won a career-high 25 games and led the league in ERA (2.48) and complete games (32). A spit-baller who pitched until age 44, Faber beat the New York Giants three times in the 1917 World Series to help the White Sox to a championship.
BURLEIGH GRIMES: One of 17 pitchers exempted from a rule banning spitballs in 1920, Grimes used the exemption on the pitch to earn his way into the Hall of Fame by way of a Veterans Committee selection. In 19 seasons spent with seven teams, most of which with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he won 20 or more games five times. Grimes helped three different teams to the World Series and won in 1931 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The last of the legal spitballers when he retired in 1934, Grimes won 270 games and posted a 3.53 career ERA.
MILLER HUGGINS: Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, Huggins played 13 seasons in the major leagues before turning to managing. Four of his five seasons as skipper of the St. Louis Cardinals were spent as player-manager, before he managed the New York Yankees for 12 years. Huggins led the Yankees to six American League pennants and three World Series titles, including 110 wins with the 1927 Murderers’ Row team.
TIM KEEFE: A pitcher for the Troy Trojans, New York Metropolitans, New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies in his 14 year career, Keefe was inducted by the Veterans Committee. He topped 30 wins six years in a row on his way to 341 career victories. Of his 594 career starts, Keefe threw 555 complete games and struck out 2,533 batters in his career. He pitched when the mound was still just 50 feet from home plate, but Mickey Welch said “(Keefe) still would have had no superior at 60 feet, six inches.” Keefe died in Cambridge, MA in 1943.
HEINIE MANUSH: A 17 year veteran with the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Manush was a Veterans Committee selection. He twice hit .378 in a season, leading the league in 1926 after he edged out Babe Ruth by going six for nine in a doubleheader on the last day of the season. Manush garnered four top-five finishes in American League MVP voting, including a career best 1928 season in which he hit .378 a second time, blasted 13 home runs, 108 RBI and led the league with 241 hits and 47 doubles. The only World Sereis he played in was with the Washington Senators in 1933, when they lost to the New York Giants. Manush died in Sarasota, FL in 1971.
JOHN WARD: A pitcher and shortstop in the late 19th century, Ward played 17 seasons for various teams in Providence, New York and Brooklyn. In 1879 he led the league with 46 wins and in 1880 tossed the second perfect game in big league history. Ward organized the first players union, the Players’ Brotherhood, and formed the Players League in 1890. As a he batted .283 for his career, including a career-high .371 in 1887, and helped lead the New York Giants to pennants in 1888 and 1889. Ward died in Augusta, GA in 1925.